Prior to the Brownie, a photo trip to capture a far-flung environment was an expedition that often involved porters, mules, and explosions. The adventurous photographer would need to carry heavy gear, lots of toxic chemicals, and the patience to deal with an inexact process. Contrast that with the Brownie: a box measuring roughly five inches on each side. After it came along, it was almost as if anyone could take pictures anywhere.
I'd be surprised if you are reading this post right now and haven't already read Om's post. It has been linked to by many before I had the chance to. I shared it on Twitter. But I'd be remiss not to include it on my blog.
His post is great. I was delighted to learn about Bernice Palmer's photos.